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Dear Frankie - People Magazine Review

Category: Dear Frankie Reviews
Article Date: March 4, 2005 | Publication: People Magazine | Author: Leah Rozen

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A young deaf boy, Frankie (Jack McElhone), tracks on a map the
peregrinations of the merchant ship on which his mother (Mortimer) has
told him his absent father is working. He eagerly pores over the letters
that arrive for him from exotic foreign shores. What Frankie doesn't
know is that his mom is the one writing the epistles and that she had
good reasons for leaving his dad.

As exquisitely constructed as a vintage violin, this lovely romantic
drama from Scotland shows what happens when the lies start to unravel.
First-time director Shona Auerbach demonstrates a delicate touch,
getting achingly bittersweet performances from her actors. Mortimer
(Lovely & Amazing), her eyes pools of hurt, here again confirms that
she's a young actress of range and talent. Blessedly emerging from
behind the mask he sported in The Phantom of the Opera, the ruggedly
handsome Butler--portraying a seaman who helps the mom--shows soulful
panache. (PG-13)

[3 1/2 STARS]


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